Fifth Monthly Number: Case Notes

We’ve launched our latest case notes this week, and time again to consider what are the main elements that impact on the story this month. As Jonathan has argued here, this is the month in which Jasper’s love for Rosa becomes explicit, and with it his villainy. His attempt to woo Rosa is terrifying in […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

In this instalment Jasper’s revelations begin to confirm what astute readers may have already deduced; that he loves Rosa, a fact which may also be connected to Edwin’s disappearance, and possibly even the suspicions gathered around Neville. Jasper’s self-exposure in the ‘Shadow on the Sun-Dial’ chapter has formed the basis of many speculative portrayals of […]

Fifth Monthly Part: ‘Full half a year had come and gone’

When we first commenced A Tale of Two Cities Week-by-Week, my first real experience in serial reading, I had various set opinions in my mind about how serialisation works. I expected the novel to tease, to set up regular cliff-hangers and build anticipation, for the sections to open and close at significant points and for […]

Fourth monthly number: time’s postern gate

“A just question my liege. Late is the hour in which this blogger chooses to appear” TTT Time and timing is the theme of this somewhat belated post. Part V is nearly upon us, and much has already been said, illuminatingly, in everyone’s earlier posts. My starting point is far from original–it is in fact […]

Fourth monthly number: Case Notes

Not a month goes in which I do not point out the difficulty in our self-imposed limit of one page in which to summarise the monthly installment for our graphic novel, but this month more than ever the pressure is keenly felt. “When shall these three meet again” in itself could occupy several pages. As […]

Of Serials, Killers, and Sensation

I feel I should begin with an apology to Pete for being late with my blog post. Not as late as Dickens was with the seventh installment of Edwin Drood of course, but then he did have a really good excuse. Part of the reason for my tardiness is that I’ve recently returned from the […]

Fourth Monthly Number, July 1870

With the death of Dickens on 9 June 1870, Edwin Drood became, for its contemporary readers, an unfinished novel, with the July 1870 instalment standing as the first fragment of that shattered, incomplete whole. It’s difficult, I think, for us to remember that Edwin Drood once held the promise of being a finished novel. As […]

Third Monthly Number: Case Notes

Well, the latest graphical summary of the plot has just been released (see http://droodinquiry.com/case_review/ ) and as ever it raises questions of the month’s big issues. The amount of text to accompany the illustrations has increased, which seems rather fitting for an instalment in which report and speculation emerges prominent over the absolute and material. […]

The Death of the Author

On 9 June 1870 Charles Dickens died. We haven’t talked much about contemporary events so far in our readalong, but this is one that cannot be ignored, because at this moment The Mystery of Edwin Drood would change forever. What had been Dickens’s latest book now becomes his last book; a complete story in twelve parts transformed […]